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Ron Burdett, ’70, honored at Sorenson naming ceremony

On September 29, 2016, Gallaudet hosted an event in honor of Ron Burdett, '70, as a room in the Sorenson Language and Communication Center (SLCC) was named after him - the Ron Burdett, '70, Seminar Room, which is located on the second floor of the building.

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MedStar Washington Hospital Center sets up new videophone booth for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing patients

MedStar Washington Hospital Center has installed an innovative videophone booth for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to communicate with others in real-time. The Sorenson Video Relay Service® (SVRS®) videophone allows those who use American Sign Language (ASL) to place phone calls through a sign language interpreter.

News Medical News Medical, Oct. 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Fairborn Center Offers Interpreters for the Hearing Impaired

FAIRBORN -- There's a place for people who are deaf or hearing-impaired to get help in the Miami Valley.

We were there tonight at the Sorensen Video Relay Service Interpreting Center in Fairborn. President George H.W. Bush passed the Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years ago and people can now have access to interpreters - instead of the old TTY system.

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ABC 22 WKEF & FOX 45 WRGT, Sept. 24, 2015 View the Video

Scouts Learn About Technology, Earn Merit Badge

Nearly 100 Boy Scouts teamed up this week to earn a hi-tech merit badge together.

Scouts from troop 1494 of Tooele got a hands-on experience this week with technology that helps those who are deaf communicate with others. The troop visited Sorenson Communications and learned about a video relay service. The service allows someone who is deaf to make a phone call via the use of video and an American Sign Language interpreter.

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Robert Boyd, KSTU Fox 13, Jan. 3, 2015. Posted with permission. View the Video

New video phones allow deaf and hearing impaired travelers to make calls at Syracuse's airport

Flight delays or cancellations can happen to anyone. For most people, learning about a cancelled flight at the airport means a quick phone call to the airline to reschedule- but if you are deaf or hard of hearing, that isn't always possible. Syracuse's airport now has an option for hearing impaired travelers. Two video phones have been installed at the airport by Sorenson Communications.
Alex Dunbar,, March 28, 2014 Read Full Article

Recognizing Outstanding Employer Partners

For more than 35 years, the NTID Center on Employment has been developing and maintaining relationships with a wide variety of employers. These relationships foster employment opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students and graduates. The value of such relationships for employers is the state-of-the-art skills and diversity that RIT/NTID students and graduates can add to their workforce.

NTID Focus Kathy A. Johncox, NTID FOCUS, Summer 2013 Read Full Article

Santa Maria Library has New Phone for Hearing Impaired

The Santa Maria Library has a new feature to help people with hearing impairment.

The library now has a Video Relay Services, or VRS, phone that allows the deaf and hard-of-hearing to communicate with others in real time with the help of a sign language interpreter. The interpreter speaks with the person on the other end.

KSBY KSBY staff, May 30, 2013 Read Full Article

CSD-Fremont Students Host Nationally-Distributed Show for Teens

Two California School for the Deaf-Fremont (CSD) students are becoming familiar faces in the Deaf community. Since June, ninth grader Brianna, age 14, and junior Christina, 16, have been hosting Sorenson Communications' Video Center program "Hangout." The program is presented entirely in American Sign Language (ASL) and is targeted to preteens, teenagers, and schools. "Hangout" focuses on topics related to growing up Deaf in today's world – so Christina and Brianna are naturals.

CSD California News, Fall 2012 Read Full Article

Hands-On with Sorenson ntouch for Mac

Sorenson ntouch for Mac has arrived but is still currently in beta. Only a few selected people were able to test the software and give feedback to Sorenson. It was recently announced at the DeafNation World Expo 2012 in Las Vegas last week. Today, we finally got the chance to get our hands-on with Sorenson ntouch for Mac and we played around with it. The result? We love it!

CSD DeafTechNews on Aug. 10, 2012 View the Video

Basin native chosen for elite ASL training

When Hillary LaFrance signed up for her first American Sign Language class during her sophomore year as a biblical studies major at Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, N.D. she had no idea how much it would change her life.

Express Logo Ranae Bangerter, Vernal Express, March 28, 2012 Read Full Article

Jewel News Reports on ntouch VP launch at Texas School for the Deaf

Jewel, nine-year old Texas School for the Deaf student, reported on Sorenson Communications introduction of the ntouch VP videophone on Oct. 20, 2011. Jewel interviewed Ron Burdett, Sorenson’s VP of Community Relations.

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Sounds in Silence

"‘A mobster's deaf nephew needed a job...’ begins a tale told by Ronald Burdett, Vice President of Community Relations for Sorenson Communications®. Engrossed in the story, it is easy to forget that the narrator is actually two people: the person telling the story using American Sign Language enhanced by body language and expressive facial characterizations... and a skilled interpreter.”

Tri-city Voice Logo William Marshak, The Tri-City Voice, October 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Sorenson Communications® Launches ntouch® VP

“Sorenson Communications® launched their newest product today, the ntouch® VP. Joel Barish attends the product launch at Gallaudet University and talks with CEO Pat Nola about the latest products to come from Sorenson. Take a look at the newest videophone to this the market, and learn about Deaf Sign Mail, one of several new features available on the ntouch® VP.”

DeafNation Logo Joel Barish,DeafNation, Oct. 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Utah company debuts videophone for the deaf

“It’s not the much-hyped announcement of the new iPhone, but Sorenson Communications® also introduced new hardware this week that was more anticipated by the deaf community.”

Salt Lake Tribune Logo Vince Horiuchi, The Salt Lake Tribune, October 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Video Relay Service: Now Available On-the-Go

“Deaf and hard-of-hearing people have anticipated having the same mobile communication options that hearing people have, such as cell phones. That day has finally arrived!”

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Deaf Seniors of America - New Horizons, Summer 2011 Read Full Article

Sorenson launches product that offers more freedom to the deaf

“Sorenson Communications® announced Jan. 31, 2011 the release of its ‘ntouch® PC’ and ‘ntouch® Mobile’ products at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.”

Henrietta Logo Errin Cain, Henrietta Messenger Post, February 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Devices allow mobility for deaf phone users

“Many people couldn't imagine living without the mobility that cell phones provide. But for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, the option to pick up the phone and call a friend or relative while on the go was an inaccessible luxury.”

Driadonna Roland, Democrat and Chronicle, February 1, 2011 Read Full Article

New video cell phone app for deaf rolled out at RIT

“It's being called a big leap forward in communication technology for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and the product roll-out happened right here in Rochester.”

NEWS 10 NBC Logo Pat McGonigle,, January 31, 2011 Read Full Article

Mobile device improves communication for deaf and hearing-impaired

Salt Lake City-based Sorenson Communications recently announced two new products that will make Video Relay Service accessible to deaf individuals wherever they are using a personal computer or a smart phone. The new technology represents a significant leap in communication options for the deaf, said Sorenson Communications President and Chief Executive Officer Pat Nola.

Jasen Lee, Deseret New, February 13, 2011 Read Full Article

Communication Technology Can Help Students and Recent Graduates in Job Search

“Thousands of high school seniors will graduate this spring and begin hunting for employment. Communications technology can empower deaf graduates to effectively compete with their hearing counterparts.”

The Endevor The Endeavor, Winter 2010 Read Full Article

Demand high for skilled American Sign Language interpreters

“Thirty years ago, it was futuristic to think a deaf or hearing impaired person could communicate by standard telephone. With Video Relay Service, or VRS, that space-age fantasy is reality.”

Salt Lake Tribune Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, November 7, 2009 Read Full Article

Video relay lets hearing-impaired speak for themselves on phone

“Salt Lake City’s Sorenson Communications, the leading VRS provider in the country with more than 100 relay centers nationwide, held a conference Saturday about the history and future of ASL interpreting.”

Sara Lenz, Deseret New, November 7, 2009 Read Full Article

Video Relay Services Empower Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children to Communicate

“Videophones and Video Relay Service (VRS) open a world of communication for deaf and hard-of-hearing children who use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate and for their families by providing a skilled sign language interpreter to relay conversations between deaf and hearing individuals in two different locations. Sorenson Communications, the leading VRS provider in the U.S., supplies videophones and VRS to its customers at no charge.”

The Endevor The Endeavor, Fall 2009 Read Full Article

ASL English Interpreting Program awarded $10,000 from Sorenson

“Sorenson Communications awarded Western’s American Sign Language (ASL) English Interpreting Program (EIP) a $10,000 Award of Excellence at the 2008 Conference for Interpreter Trainers, which took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 22-25.”

WU Journal Western Oregon Journal, June 3, 2009 Read Full Article

CHRIS ARDIS: STC’s deaf interpreter program is music to my ears

“PAH! In Deaf culture, this expression indicates that “finally” something significant has occurred. It is the perfect way to describe how many people in the Rio Grande Valley feel about South Texas College’s new Interpreter Training Program.”

The Monitor Chris Ardis, The Monitor, May 12th 2009 Read Full Article

BIDMC Installs Sorenson Communications Videophone for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patients

“Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has installed a Sorenson videophone - a device that enables Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing callers to conduct conversations through a video relay system using American Sign Language (ASL). The service allows patients to call other Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing people directly, or a non-Deaf person using an online qualified ASL interpreter. BIDMC is one of the first hospitals in the Northeast with a videophone system in a central, public lobby.”

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Zineb Marchoudi, Newsletter of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center—
A Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School, April 7, 2009
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Phone allows long-distance signing

“Iowa State installed its first Sorenson Videophone last week, a technology that allows video communication among deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing individuals.”

Iowa State Daily Kim Norvell, Iowa State Daily, March 2, 2009 Read Full Article

Community Award for Sorenson VRS

"Last month, at the GKC-ADARA chapter holiday banquet, GKC-ADARA presented Sorenson Communications with its outstanding community award. The honor recognized Sorenson Communications for providing Video Relay Service (VRS) for people in the Kansas City area. The award also recognized Sorenson Communications for founding intensive the Interpreter Training Series and for the establishment of VRS Interpreting Centers throughout the county."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Leonard Hall, Olathe News, January 7, 2009 Read Full Article